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We Have Sex Offender Registries, is it Time for Animal Abuser Registries?

Logan before and after (inset) the attack.

Logan before and after (inset) the attack.

A pair of bills recently introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives would require convicted animal abusers to register in a statewide tracking database in efforts to prevent them from ever adopting animals.

The bills are collectively referred to as Logan’s Law, after the blind Siberian husky, Logan, who was attacked by an unidentified person in May 2012, who entered the yard in which the dog, 11, was enclosed and sprayed acid in his face. Logan fought to survive, but eventually died from complications of his injuries on July 9, 2012.

Logan’s heartbroken owner, Mat Faulk, has since been lobbying for laws to protect animals from abusers, much the way Megan’s Law in California was intended to protect children. If enacted animal shelters would be required to check the adopter’s background in accordance with Logan’s Law prior to approving the adoption. Anyone with a history of animal abuse would be barred from adopting anything with a spine.

The proposed legislation fell flat in 2012, never even making it out of committee, but after Faulk set up a Facebook Page For Logan’s Law, and a website, the bi-partisan bills were reintroduced in 2013 due to tremendous Internet support. The Animal Defense League Fund has offered to fund the $10,000 project start-up costs.

While it is true that such a law would not necessarily have prevented what happened to Logan, supporters are hopeful that Logan’s suffering and death will not have been in vain.

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